The Nature Preschool had an exciting week! We all enjoyed getting warm and cozy after reading the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. The children enjoyed using small puppets, magnet or felt boards, and their imaginations to act out the story. We used mittens for so many fun activities! We painted with them, hid them in the woods to search them out, and used them to practice lacing. Some of the classes had a pajama day and brought in a special stuffed animal from home! The children used recycled fabric, needles and thread to sew blankets or sleeping bags to wrap their animals up in. We wanted our friends from home to get snug and toasty too! To help keep ourselves cozy, Mrs. Monica W. came into several of the classes with a sewing machine and helped the children make a quilt!
Out on the trails we had so much fun! We love snowy days! We saw lots of tongues out and mittens open trying to catch snowflakes as they softly fell. The squirrel club made some super fun spray bottles filled with colored water. They shared them with all of us and the children absolutely loved creating rainbow snow! Outside we made crunchy footprints, while observing how snow makes a layer on benches, logs and on the ground. We kept our eyes peeled for animal tracks, but the children became very interested in human tracks as well. The children asked questions like, “Who left those BIG footprints?”, “Where do you think they were walking to?” We decided to hike to the meadow where we enjoyed, as quoted by one of our students, “The best sledding day ever!” Some children noticed “tipi” like structures in the woods and wanted to make one of their own. In groups of two and three they worked together to haul giant branches and balanced them just the right way! The children’s imaginations ran wild as they pretended their structure was a den or cave! They were all different animals protecting the home they had built. Deep in the meadow we found a GIANT frozen puddle, and the children had a blast skating, sliding and painting on the ice! Another one of our favorite discoveries outside was an owl pellet. Upon dissecting it, the curious children found bones and fur! It was a fabulous impromptu lesson about how owls eat and process their food. What a phenomenal example of the child led learning that takes place here at the Nature Preschool at Irvine!
We can’t wait for more! Until then, stay warm and cozy, snug and toasty!
Miss Meghan reads a story to the Owls.
Building a habitat!
Here the children are sewing fabric into sleeping bags and blankets for their stuffed animals they brought in for PJ day!
Mrs. Sophie can show you how to get started!
He did it!
His animals sure look cozy!
She is sewing a sleeping bag!
Making sure her animal fits!
She looks very proud of herself!
Felt board – Dressing for Winter
Do you see any birds? A chickadee?
Building with smiles!
Play Dough is a class favorite!
Showing off her creation!
Working while on the phone! Multi-tasking!
Walking into the meadow.
Hiding from friends in the tall grass!
We found this giant frozen puddle at the bottom of the meadow! It was the highlight of our day!
Look the grass and bubbles trapped under this ice!
Trapped bubbles! We loved looking at some of these formations under the ice!
Painting the ice!
This is beautiful work! Tempra paints on a giant frozen ice puddle!
“Let’s go ice skating!”
We enjoyed the way the tempra paints separated on the ice!
Gorgeous outdoor art!
I wonder what critter lives in this hole?
Hanging on a log!
The Hawks are building a structure in the woods!
She is defending her den!
They made a see saw!
In the meadow we are still finding milkweed!
This one is still filled with seeds! Let’s make a wish!
Let’s get ready to go on a mitten hunt! The children were given one mitten and had to find the matching color hidden in the woods!
I think I see a blue mitten hanging on a tree!
He found his match!
I think he has spotted it!
Hmm, do they look like a match?
Can you find the mitten?
These look like they go together!
Let’s stop for a story!
Silly story is making us smile!
We spotted a cardinal!
Painting a frozen puddle!
Snow dough in squirrel club!
He loves playing with magnets! Can you tell?
Displaying our snowflakes from a branch to hang in our classroom!
Building together on the light table!
What a cute snowman family!
I like those arms!
The Bluebirds stopped to visit their class tree! Hugs all around!
We found this interesting log growing some fungus!
This is his favorite spot to stop at first on our hike!
Deep in thought!
The children were excited to find an old Christmas tree in the woods!
The Bluebirds are working together to build a structure in the woods!
Wow! He was really excited to find this big stick!
Let’s add it to the structure!
The teamwork the children used to build this structure was impressive!